When driving, we expect other motorists we share the road with to abide by road signs in a reasonable manner. After all, all drivers share a certain amount of responsibility to each other to operate their vehicles with reasonable safety. Sometimes, however, whether the driver is distracted or simply careless, negligent driving takes place and can result in devastating consequences. When an accident takes place because of the negligence of the at-fault party, it may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit.
According to a recent news report, a woman died after her car was hit by a large truck. Local police pronounced the 55-year-old woman dead at the scene because of injuries she sustained in the accident. The woman was driving her Buick when it was struck by an 18-wheeler log truck at an intersection. According to reports from the highway patrol and other local authorities, the truck driver ignored a stop sign and crashed into the Buick. An autopsy is scheduled for the woman and the local highway patrol is still investigating the circumstances of the accident.
In Maryland, like other states, the state code of transportation establishes certain rules of the road, including laws about stop signs and other yield signs. Drivers are expected to stop at a clearly marked stop line and to do so before entering any crosswalk. Similarly, Maryland has requirements for drivers to stop when approached with yield signs, and to stop at the near side of an intersection if there is no clearly marked stop line.